Gustaf Weidel

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Gustaf Weidel during his time as a student at Lund University.
Olympic medal record
Men's Gymnastics
Gold medal – first place 1908 London Gymnastics team

Nils Gustaf Weidel, né Johnsson (7 March 1890 – 11 December 1959) was a Swedish diplomat and gymnast who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Career[edit]

Gustaf Weidel was born as Gustaf Johnsson in Malmö, Sweden as the son of a local police chief inspector. As a youngster Weidel was a gymnast and was part of the Swedish team at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London, which was able to win the gold medal in the gymnastics men's team event.[1] He was enrolled as a student at Lund University in 1909, becoming a Bachelor of Arts in 1910 and a Candidate of Law in 1914. It was during his time at the university that he changed his last name to Weidel.[1]

In 1921 Weidel became employed by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs as an acting vice consul. He was commercial attaché and commercial counsellor in Washington, D.C. from 1922 to 1933. He was then consul general in New York City from 1933 to 1935 and Sweden's envoy in Rio de Janeiro from 1936 to 1943 and in Lisbon from 1943 to 1951. Weidel was envoy in Cairo, also accredited to Beirut and Damascus, from 1951 to 1955.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gustaf Weidel was from 1921 married to Louisa Pape.[2] He died in Washington, D.C.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gustaf Johnsson" (in Swedish). Swedish Olympic Committee. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Burling, Ingeborg, ed. (1956). Vem är det: svensk biografisk handbok. 1957 [Who is it: Swedish biographical handbook. 1957] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. p. 1020. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Sveriges statskalender för året 1955 (in Swedish). Stockholm: Fritzes offentliga publikationer. 1955. p. 308. 

Sources[edit]

  • Malmö nation vid Universitetet i Lund - Porträtt och biografiska uppgifter (Malmö 1913), page 60.
  • Lunds Kungl. Universitets katalog, various issues 1909-1914.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Olof Lamm
Consul General of Sweden to New York City
1933–1935
Succeeded by
Martin Kastengren
Preceded by
Johan Paues
Envoy of Sweden to Brazil
1936–1943
Succeeded by
Ragnar Kumlin
Preceded by
Johan Beck–Friis
Envoy of Sweden to Portugal
1943–1951
Succeeded by
Jan Stenström
as Chargé d'affaires
Preceded by
Widar Bagge
Envoy of Sweden to Egypt
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Brynolf Eng
Preceded by
Widar Bagge
Envoy of Sweden to Lebanon
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Brynolf Eng
Preceded by
Widar Bagge
Envoy of Sweden to Syria
1951–1955
Succeeded by
Brynolf Eng